Paraguay Takes Down Leader of Narco-Trafficking Group

By Dialogo
January 09, 2015



Agents with Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC) recently brought down Albino Jara Larrea, a founder and leader of a narco-trafficking group known as the Armed Peasant Association (ACA), during a gun battle in a rural area east of the northern city of Concepción.

FTC forces were conducting an operation on the night of January 5 when they engaged in a gun fight with about six ACA operatives that resulted in Jara Larrea’s death.

He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and had more than $10,000 in Paraguayan guaraníes, along with numerous cellphones and memory cards. It’s unclear if any of the five or six other ACA members accompanying Jara Larrea were wounded or killed in the clash.

The ACA is a splinter group of the terrorist Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP); Jara Larrea and his brother, Alfredo, left the EPP in 2014 to start the organization, which has also engaged in kidnapping for ransom as well as drug trafficking.

Law enforcement authorities suspect that it e ACA once had about 15 members, but its ranks have dwindled in recent months thanks to law enforcement efforts. For example, security forces killed five ACA operatives during a gun battle in September 2014.

The FTC continues to remain focused on taking down the EPP and ACA. It conducts patrols, inspects vehicles for weapons, and engages in security missions in areas where EPP and ACA operatives are believed to be hiding.

Colombia: Bogotá’s Metropolitan Police broke up 185 criminal gangs in 2014


Metropolitan Police in Bogotá dismantled 185 criminal gangs and seized more than 7.5 tons of narcotics in 2014.

The police force arrested 52,830 suspects - an average of nearly 145 people a day, for various offenses, such as robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, assault, and homicide.

Honduran law enforcement agents make large drug seizure


Honduran National Police seized 645.5 kilograms of cocaine paste hidden in hollow pieces of wood that arrived on a boat from Colombia in late December. Police spokesman Jorge Rodríguez announced the seizure on January 7.

Law enforcement officers found the drugs hidden inside eight containers on the ship Pinara
, which arrived in Puerto Cortés on December 22.

“The case is being investigated intensively,” Rodríguez told reporters.

The National Police didn’t reveal who owned the cocaine, which was destined for San Pedro Sula, or whether law enforcement officers made any arrests.

Honduras is a key transshipment point for South American narcotics. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Consequently, drug traffickers have started to produce cocaine in Honduras. Since 2009, Honduran police have destroyed at least three cocaine laboratories.


Agents with Paraguay’s Joint Task Force (FTC) recently brought down Albino Jara Larrea, a founder and leader of a narco-trafficking group known as the Armed Peasant Association (ACA), during a gun battle in a rural area east of the northern city of Concepción.

FTC forces were conducting an operation on the night of January 5 when they engaged in a gun fight with about six ACA operatives that resulted in Jara Larrea’s death.

He was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and had more than $10,000 in Paraguayan guaraníes, along with numerous cellphones and memory cards. It’s unclear if any of the five or six other ACA members accompanying Jara Larrea were wounded or killed in the clash.

The ACA is a splinter group of the terrorist Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP); Jara Larrea and his brother, Alfredo, left the EPP in 2014 to start the organization, which has also engaged in kidnapping for ransom as well as drug trafficking.

Law enforcement authorities suspect that it e ACA once had about 15 members, but its ranks have dwindled in recent months thanks to law enforcement efforts. For example, security forces killed five ACA operatives during a gun battle in September 2014.

The FTC continues to remain focused on taking down the EPP and ACA. It conducts patrols, inspects vehicles for weapons, and engages in security missions in areas where EPP and ACA operatives are believed to be hiding.

Colombia: Bogotá’s Metropolitan Police broke up 185 criminal gangs in 2014


Metropolitan Police in Bogotá dismantled 185 criminal gangs and seized more than 7.5 tons of narcotics in 2014.

The police force arrested 52,830 suspects - an average of nearly 145 people a day, for various offenses, such as robbery, extortion, drug trafficking, assault, and homicide.

Honduran law enforcement agents make large drug seizure


Honduran National Police seized 645.5 kilograms of cocaine paste hidden in hollow pieces of wood that arrived on a boat from Colombia in late December. Police spokesman Jorge Rodríguez announced the seizure on January 7.

Law enforcement officers found the drugs hidden inside eight containers on the ship Pinara
, which arrived in Puerto Cortés on December 22.

“The case is being investigated intensively,” Rodríguez told reporters.

The National Police didn’t reveal who owned the cocaine, which was destined for San Pedro Sula, or whether law enforcement officers made any arrests.

Honduras is a key transshipment point for South American narcotics. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Consequently, drug traffickers have started to produce cocaine in Honduras. Since 2009, Honduran police have destroyed at least three cocaine laboratories.
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